FACT CHECK: Were Two Websites Tied To Paul Pelosi’s Attacker Created The Day Of The Attack?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claims two websites tied to Paul Pelosi’s attacker were created the day of the attack.

Verdict: False

Archives of the websites show both pages were created in August and September.

Fact Check:

DePape, the alleged suspect in the attack on Paul Pelosi, was charged on both the federal and local level and is looking at decades in prison if convicted, according to NPR. DePape was reported to have blogged racist diatribes about African-Americans and Jews and posted about QAnon, The Associated Press reported.

The Facebook image, a screenshot of a purported article from The Gateway Pundit claims that websites connected to DePape were created the day of the attack and subsequently deleted the next day.

“Two Far-Right Websites Attributed to David DePape to Smear Conservatives Were Fabricated – They Were Created Friday and Deleted Saturday,” the post’s caption reads.

This claim is false. Both websites were operating earlier than Oct. 28. Check Your Fact, using WHOIS, found that DePape’s website, frenlyfrens.com, was registered Sept. 8, nearly two months before the attack. His blog was only archived Oct. 28 by the Wayback Machine before the domain was deleted.

DePape’s purported blog, godisloving.wordpress.com, was also archived Oct. 28. However, at least one post published on his WordPress blog was archived Aug. 24, suggesting his blog was live before the attack as well.

The claim appears to have stemmed from the right-wing website Gateway Pundit, suggesting the sites were evidence that the attack was suspicious.

CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski also debunked the claim on Twitter. (RELATED: Has Paul Pelosi Been Convicted Of Molesting A Child?)

“Gateway Pundit is an idiot or deliberate liar. The website was not ‘created Friday.’ Their proof of it is a screenshot from the Internet Wayback Machine because they don’t know (or lied on purposes) – how use the URL search showing it online in August,” Kaczynski tweeted.

Archive.org told Lead Stories that it was “not a surprise” that the webpages were not archived before Oct. 28 since the pages were archived by patrons after the attack.

“The fact the referenced webpages were not archived before Oct 28th, 2022 is not a surprise as they were small/obscure pages,” Archive.org stated. “Without being linked from more popular pages or otherwise having been signaled for attention it is not surprising they had not been archived by the Wayback Machine.”

Theories about the attack against Paul Pelosi have spread widely since it occurred. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting the Pelosis were not turning over surveillance video of their home to authorities.

Elias Atienza

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